This coming Sunday is called Laetare Sunday and as we get ever closer to Easter, we lift the solemn mood slightly by changing the purple liturgical colour to rose. It is also traditionally Mothering Sunday on this day. To celebrate our mothers and to thank them, St. Ethelbert's church invites our families to come to our 10am mass. (Be aware that clocks go forward 1 hour). The children will be given a small bouquet of flowers to present to their mothers. Also we are having a special children's liturgy during the first part of the mass where the youngest members can listen to the Gospel and understand its meaning for them. The children return to the second part of the mass at the offertory. We hope you can make it and there are refreshments in the hall after the mass has finished.
First confession for 7 of our children (13 altogether) this coming Saturday 26th March.
10th April Palm Sunday 10 am mass starting with the solemn procession of carrying palms into the church. Special children's liturgy at this mass.
15th April Good Friday Family Stations of the Cross 10am at St. Ethelberts church - St. Ethelbert's church invites our children to help lead this short service. In the afternoon there will also be the usual 3 O'clock liturgy with veneration of the cross and all are welcome.
On Sunday 1st May, St. Ethelbert's church invites our families to come and celebrate our heavenly mother, Mary. May is traditionally dedicated to Mary and one way we honour her is to adorn her statue with a crown of flowers. Children bring to church posies of garden flowers to give to Mary. There will be a special children's liturgy at this mass.
Holiday Activities and Food Programme
Please find attached activities that are happening over the Easter break
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Dear Parent/Carer, I am inviting you to consider standing for election as a Parent Governor for this school; we currently have two Parent Governor vacancies. For further information, please see below. A hard copy of this is available on request. Please contact the school office.
St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery is pleased to be able to offer the following course to our parents through Kent Adult Education
Managing Children’s Behaviour
This will be a 5 week course of 2 hours per week. The course is FREE and is for mothers, fathers and carers of children.
The course will be held in our Infant Building and will commence on Monday, 10th January at 9.15am.
For full details of the course please see below
To register for the course, and for any further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on 01843 585555
Foster for Kent information
Anti Bullying Week 2021
Open Day tours
Family Nurture for Parents and Carers
IMPORTANT LATERAL FLOW TEST INFORMATION
Free School Meals
NEW UPDATE - REMOTE LEARNING AND CW PROVISION 11 JAN 2021
School Closure except CW/V children
I apologise for yet more correspondence at such an hour, but you may have noticed from the Prime Minister’s announcement just now that schools are to close from tomorrow with the exception of children of Critical Workers and Vulnerable children.
Your child should only come to school tomorrow if you have completed the Google Form, which was sent out earlier today, and you have requested a place. If you haven’t completed the form yet then please do so.
If your child is not eligible for this provision, then you must stay at home. Online learning on Google Classroom will now take place. Children in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 5 have already used Google Classroom so will be familiar with it. Year 3, 4 and 6 would have received a letter before about how to use Google Classroom. Please phone the school office tomorrow morning if you need support with this.
Teachers will set work for children online from 9am to 3pm with normal breaks during the day. Teachers will not respond to work outside of school hours.
Critical Worker and Vulnerable Children Only
- Our current risk assessment stays in place to keep all staff, children and parents as safe as possible.
- St Ethelbert's will be open at normal times for all critical workers and vulnerable children ONLY.
- Children that are CW/V will stay in their classes, meaning class bubbles will remain. This is to keep the risk low, keep children in small groups and to avoid mixing when we reopen fully.
- Teachers will teach remotely using Google Classroom.
- Teaching Assistants will look after the CW/V children from within the classroom bubble. These children will be given their own iPad or Chromebook during school time to access the same online learning as the rest of the class.
- Playtime will continue as normal.
- Breakfast club will still be offered and operated as we do now.
Any questions about the above then please phone the school office tomorrow and someone will get back to you. Please stay safe and I hope to see all the children back to school at the earliest opportunity.
UPDATE MONDAY 4TH JANUARY 2021
Welcome back to 2021!
First of all, I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and hopefully a New Year with positive school achievements to come. I am hopeful that as the year progresses life will return slowly to normal. We just need to get through this winter period and Term 3.
As you may be aware from the news, the government have decided that despite being in a Tier 4 area, all Thanet primary schools can re-open. Given the new strain of the virus and the speed at which it is passed on, we appreciate that this is causing anxiety amongst our parents, children and staff. However, in line with government guidance we have opened. I can report that the majority of children have returned to school today and have had a good day so thank you to parents for putting your trust in us. I would also like to thank my staff for coming to work as key workers themselves and with our own families at home.
Today, you will receive an email from the school admin office asking you to fill out a Google Form. Please can all parents complete this form. I like to be organised and give you as much notice as I possibly can. Therefore, if we were to partially or fully close at short notice then we need to know who would take up critical worker or vulnerable children provision; the Google Form will provide me with that information. I would only partially or fully close based on the direction of the government, staff shortage which have safety implications, or positive COVID cases in a class bubble.
Our risk assessment remains in place and as Headteacher I am reviewing it always to reduce the risk further. To protect my staff further, I have asked them to wear face masks on the gate as well, unless they can stand at a distance. Please don’t feel alarmed by this new move, it is just a further measure to protect and reassure everyone. Procedures and risk assessments have been in place since September and tested. Everything has worked accordingly so there is no reason why they wouldn’t now.
Just as a reminder:
- Even though I understand your concerns I have to stick with our Attendance Policy. Any absence that is not COVID or illness related will be unauthorised.
- We will only supply remote learning on Google if we have to partially/fully close. It will not be supplied for unauthorised absence.
- Only one adult to drop off and pick up your child.
- Please continue to wear a face mask when dropping off and picking up your child. My staff will do the same unless we are able to stand at a distance.
- Please follow the signs and line up where specified – please do not wait near the front of the queue as it is unfair on parents that arrive early and queue.
- Children should not bring bags into school and only bring in essential items e.g. packed lunches, reading books and water bottles
- Please collect your child and leave promptly as congregating to talk to other parents increases the risk of spreading the virus.
- If any member of your household is having a test then the whole household needs to isolate until the results come back. If the test comes back positive, the household needs to continue isolating (full details can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus. It is now 10 days of isolation. If the test comes back negative, your child may return to school.
- Please make the school aware if any member of your household is being tested and awaiting results.
If your child is showing any of the following symptoms, please make the school aware and get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
If your child tests positive, please make the school office aware as soon as possible. During the school day, 8am – 4pm, please phone 01843 585555. Out of school hours, please email email@example.com
During this time of uncertainty, it is overwhelming to see our community working together to reduce the spread of this virus. The children have adapted extremely well to the new normal and are a real credit to you. They have continued to enjoy their learning in school today, and it is wonderful to see them working hard but having so much fun with their friends, all within their bubbles!
I understand that the government are reviewing the situation this week. If I get any further updates then I will of course let you know as soon as I can via letter, text, email or Facebook. Please remember to follow us on Facebook: St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery.
The Government has announced tonight the opening of Secondary schools and some Primary schools will be delayed due to Covid 19.
However, this does not affect St. Ethelbert's or any other primary school in Thanet and we will be open to all children on Monday, 4th January as planned.
We are looking forward to welcoming the children on Monday, 4th at 8.40am.